Battle of the teens

Battle of the teens


Battle of the teens



A. Answer the following questions.

• What kind of clothes do you usually

wear when you go out?

• Have you changed your style lately?

• How many of your clothes are unisex?


B. Listen to the dialogue and

answer the questions.

1. What is the relationship

between the people?

2. What is Emma wearing?



Match the words below with

the items in the picture. Write

the correct number next to the

words. Then, listen and check

your answers.






hair band



baggy jeans

plain T-shirt

colourful T-shirt

torn jeans




Are there certain things that boys are better

at than girls? Or girls better at than boys?

Do you think life is easier for boys or girls?

Where can you find the

following in this module?

Go through the pages

and find the pictures.

What’s in this module?

• Teens: What do they talk about on the


• Is hockey for boys or girls?

• Men’s work or women’s work?

• Finding a new e-pal

• Teen fashion

• Class survey: Do you wear...?

• How would you describe your best friend?

• The people in your life



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Girl talk - Boy talk





Answer the following questions.

• What do you and your friends talk about on the phone?

• Do girls and boys talk about different things?

A. Read the dialogues and decide if the people A-H are boys or girls.



Teenagers spend a lot of time chatting

on the phone. But do boys and girls talk

about the same things? Do girls gossip

more? Or is it the other way round?

Read these phone conversations and

decide who's talking... Boys? Girls?

Or a boy and a girl?




A: ... and what about her jeans?

B: Oh, I know. They're about twenty years old.

A: You're right there. And she usually wears that

awful green top with them.

B: Yeah, it's horrible.

C: Are you watching the game tonight?

D: Of course. My team is playing. Come on United!

C: Do you really think they're going to win?

D: Yeah!

C: But they've got some terrible players and they

always lose.

E: I'm thinking about going to the cinema tonight.

F: Great! What's on?

E: At First Sight. It starts at eight.

F: Isn't that a boring film?

E: I don't think so.

F: Why don't we watch Teen Cop?

E: That's on next week. We can watch it then.

F: OK.

4G: Hi, mate. What are you up to?

H: Not much. I'm just playing my new computer game.

G: Do you fancy going round to Sean's house?

H: No way! I always argue with him.

G: Come on, please.

H: Wait a minute. You just want to see his new camera,


G: No, I don't.

H: Yes, you do. I knew it!

G: Don't be ridiculous!

B. Read again and answer the questions.

Dialogue 1: What don't the speakers like about the girl?

Dialogue 2: What’s on TV tonight?

Dialogue 3: What's on at the cinema next week?

Dialogue 4: Why does G want to go to Sheila's house?

C. Can you find an incomplete sentence in dialogue 2 in activity A?

Underline and complete it.




Listen. What do the verbs in bold mean? Match them with the

definitions a-f.

1. At the start of the lesson, our teacher explains what she

wants us to do.

2. My sister spends all of her time chatting to friends on

the phone.

3. Tina held her hand up and yelled, “Taxi!”

4. Why are you whispering? I can’t hear you.

5. My brother and I always argue about what TV programme

to watch.

6. I don’t like Julie. All she does is gossip about other people.



c shout




talk very quietly

talk informally, usually with a friend

speak angrily because you disagree

talk about other people and their private lives

make somebody understand something


Present Simple vs Present Progressive

I can’t help you, I’m studying now.

When my grandparents come to London, they usually stay at a

hotel. But this week they’re staying with us at our new house.

A: Are you coming with us to the cinema? The film starts at 9:00.

B: Sorry, I don’t want to come.

NOTE: Stative verbs (see, like, love, hate, want, need, understand,

know, etc.) are not usually used in the Present Progressive.

Complete with the Present Simple or the Present Progressive of the

verbs in brackets.

1. My friends and I rarely (study) on Saturday

evenings. We usually

(go) out. This Saturday


(go) to see an adventure film. We

(love) going to the cinema.

2. A: Excuse me, what time the train to Oxford


B: At 10pm and it (arrive) at 11:30.

3. A: Hey, Thomas. Can you explain this text to me?


(not understand) it.

B: Not now, Beth. I (work).


A. Listen to a telephone conversation

between three teenagers and

answer the question below.

B. Listen again. Read the statements and write

J for Jenny, M for Mark or W for Wendy in

the boxes.

1. I’m having a party on Saturday.

2. I don’t really like basketball.

3. I don’t like Mark’s friends.

4. I bought a new top for the party.

5. I decided to go to the party



What’s the main topic

of the conversation?

a. clothes

b. a basketball game

c. a party

in the end.


Talk in pairs. Imagine you’re on the phone with

your partner. Discuss your plans for tonight.

Use some of the ideas below or your own.

• cinema • football match • party

I’m thinking about going to the cinema

tonight. Do you want to come?

Of course. Which film...? /

No, I don’t think so. I’m watching ...


Who’s the best?



A. Look at the picture and guess. What are Kelly, May and Adam talking about? Listen to the dialogue

and check your answers. Then, read it out in groups.

Adam Hi, girls. Is the game over? Are you ready to


May We haven’t even started. The coach is late.

Adam So, you’re going to finish later than usual.

Kelly Definitely. We’re trying to organise a practice


Adam OK, I’ll see you tomorrow then.

Kelly Hold on a minute. We need a goalkeeper. Will

you play in goal for the other team?

Adam Forget it. Hockey is a girls’ game.

Kelly No, it’s not. It’s as popular with boys as it is

with girls.

May I think Kelly’s right. You should play with us.

You play in goal for the school football team.

I’m sure you’re good enough.

Adam Good enough? I’m the best, but I’m tired. I’ve

just finished practice.

Kelly Oh, I get it. You’re scared that the girls will be

too good for you.

May Yeah, I agree. You’re a chicken.

Adam You what?

May You heard.

Adam Right, that’s it. Give me the goalkeeper’s kit.

I’ll show you two what a real goalkeeper can

do. Pick up your sticks and let the game begin.

May Now you’ll pay for all the times you’ve told us

that boys play harder and run faster than girls.

Kelly This is going to be fun.

Adam Yeah! Just one question before we start. How

do I hold the stick?


B. Look at the words/phrases 1-6 from the dialogue

and match them with the meanings a-f on the right.

1. Definitely.

2. Hold on!

3. Forget it.

4. I get it.

5. You’re a chicken.

6. That’s it.



Find the opposites of the verbs below. Use the verbs in the

box. Then, listen and check your answers.

1. start, begin ≠ ,

2. win ≠

3. remember ≠

4. drop ≠

a. You’re scared.

b. OK, I’ve had enough.

c. For sure.

d. I understand.

e. No way!

f. Wait.

C. Read the dialogue again and write T for True or F for False.

1. The girls haven’t finished practice yet.

2. The girls need someone to play in goal.

3. Adam believes that hockey is more popular

with boys.

4. Adam has just finished hockey practice.

5. Adam refuses to play at first but in the end

he agrees.

6. May believes that boys play harder than girls.

7. Adam has played hockey before.

lose finish agree pick up be over forget



Comparison of adjectives and adverbs

Comparative forms

I am taller than my brother.

Tony can run faster than Jenny.

Geography is more interesting than Maths.

Superlative forms

That skyscraper is the tallest building in the city.

Janet is the most popular girl in my class.


Brad is as good as his sister at Art.

My mum doesn’t drive as carefully as my dad.

less... than / the least...

I think surfing is less exciting than skiing, but

swimming is the least exciting sport of all.

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the

adjectives or adverbs in brackets.

1. Which is the (long) river in

your country?

2. I always wake up (early) than

my brother.

3. Kentbridge Hotel has got as

(many) rooms as Summerville Hotel.

4. I believe bungee-jumping is

(dangerous) than rock climbing.

5. That castle is the (popular)

sight in my town.

6. Sue did (good) than I did in

the writing competition.

7. The red dress costs (little)

than the green one.

5. disagree ≠



Listen and tick (3) the sound you hear.

chat /t/




jeans /d/



Talk in pairs. What do you

think about basketball and

mountain biking? Compare

them using the adjectives

in the box.









I think football is

more dangerous than


I disagree. I

definitely think that

it’s a safe sport and

in my opinion it’s...

I believe...






Write a paragraph comparing the

two sports in the speaking activity.



At work



Answer the following questions.

• What job would you like to have in the future?

• Do you think some jobs are for men and others are for women?

• What is a ‘non-traditional’ job?



A. Listen and read. What did Harry and Julie

use to do and what do they do now?

Changing careers

Do you think women can become construction workers? Can men make great midwives? No?

Well, think again. Nowadays, more and more men and women are choosing ‘non-traditional’ jobs

such as these. Harry Carson and Julie Knowles are two good examples.

“I was a lorry driver for eleven years. Then, one

day I decided I needed a change. I was bored!” says

Harry Carson.

Harry was always good with young children so

he went to university to get a degree in Primary

Education. Then, he found a job as a nursery school

teacher but it wasn’t easy in the beginning.

“Most parents don’t want men teaching their young

kids. They think they aren’t suitable for the job,” says

Harry. But he soon became the most popular teacher

in the school and the kids just love him.

“Storytime is their favourite,” says Harry. “I love

reading stories and they love listening. So, everyone’s


Julie Knowles is fluent in French and Spanish, so a

degree in European languages was the natural choice

for her. She wanted to become a teacher. Well, at

least that’s what she thought.

“In my second year I joined a welding class, just for

a laugh. But I soon started enjoying my new hobby.

I used to spend more time welding than studying,”

she says.

In the end, she gave up university to become a fulltime

welder. “I realised that that was what I wanted

to do for a living,” she says. “However, working with

men isn’t always easy. They think I’m not as good as

them. But I’m so happy I found a job I really like.”

B. Read again and complete the sentences below.

1. Harry decided to get a different job because he didn’t like working as .

2. Most of the parents didn’t think Harry was .

3. The children’s favourite time is when Harry .

4. In the beginning Julie wanted to become .

5. Julie took up welding as a and then made it her full-time .

6. Julie thinks it’s sometimes difficult to work .

C. Why does the writer use the examples of Harry Carson and Julie Knowles? What point is he trying to make?

D. Think of somebody you know who has a non-traditional job. What does their job involve?



Candidates must

• be available to work weekends

• have motorbike licence



Past Simple

A: What did you do last night?

B: We went to the cinema. We watched a

science-fiction film but we didn’t like it.

Complete with the Past Simple of the verbs in brackets.

1. When Uncle Fred (be) thirty years old,



Read the job advertisements below and complete the blanks with the

words in the box. Then, listen and check your answers.

• Pizza delivery person • Babysitter • Internet café waiter/waitress

(give) up his job as a reporter and

(become) a chef.

2. A: What time you (get)


Candidates must

• be good with children

• have previous experience



home last night?

B: At eleven. I (work) overtime again.


Look at the information given

about Roy Collins below and

the three advertisements in the

vocabulary activity above. Talk

in pairs and decide which job

Roy is more suitable for.

Name Roy Collins

age 17

qualifications Speaks Italian and French

experience Part-time shop assistant

interests • Computer games

• Reading

age 17

Roy Collins

Used to

When I was young,

I didn’t use to live here.

I used to live in Ireland.

I think Roy is more suitable for a…


Because he…

I disagree. I think he…


s English and


Candidates must

• be fluent in Spanish

• have people skills

• have computer skills

• be available to work



A. Read the tip. Can you think of some more

phrases for each part?




When you’re writing an

informal letter/e-mail to a new

penfriend/e-pal to introduce

yourself, follow the plan below.


• Greet the person you’re writing to.

Dear Paul, Hi Kelly,


• Give information about how you found

the person’s name and address. Use

phrases like:

I found your name and address in ...


... gave me your name and address.

I’m happy we’ll be penfriends/e-pals.

MAIN PART (2-3 paragraphs)

• Give information about yourself (name,

age, nationality, appearance, family,

friends, where you live, school or work,

qualifications, interests).

• Ask questions to find out about your

new penfriend/e-pal.


• Ask the person to write back. Use

phrases like:

Waiting for your letter/e-mail.

I’m looking forward to hearing from


That’s all about me for now. Write

back soon.


• Use a signature ending and your first

name below that.


Bye for now,



Best wishes,


Take care,



If you use a computer to write your letter

or e-mail, you can use a spellchecker to

check your spelling.

B. Imagine you saw the following advertisement in

a computer magazine. Write an e-mail to Anna

introducing yourself. Follow the plan above.

e-pal wanted

My name is Anna and I’m 15 years old. I live

in London and I’m interested in computers.

Please write to:



Teen trends




A. Answer the following questions.

• What kind of clothes do you usually

wear when you go out?

• Have you changed your style lately?


B. Listen to the dialogue and

answer the questions.

1. What is the relationship

between the people?

2. What is Emma wearing?



Match the words below with

the items in the picture. Write

the correct number next to the

words. Then, listen and check

your answers.




hair band



baggy jeans

plain T-shirt

colourful T-shirt

torn jeans





6 7










A. Read the text quickly and match the headings a-e with the paragraphs

1-4. There is one extra heading which you do not need to use. Then,

listen and check your answers.

b What

Jewellery not c

that’s ‘in’ to wear


d We jeans e What to wear on


Rings and earrings are great,

but remember with accessories,

less is more. Bracelets are

definitely ‘in’ and all girls like

chains. You can even create

your own accessories using

stones or sea shells.

In the past, only factory

workers used to wear these

trousers but now everyone

wears them, any time, any

place. Casual, torn, baggy or

even formal ones decorated

with stones, they’re a favourite

with boys and girls everywhere.

B. Read again and find:

1. two things you can use to make

your own accessories:


2. what you can print on T-shirts: _______________________

3. four types of jeans: _______________________

4. four types of accessories: _______________________

5. what sportswear companies let

people do:

Every teenager loves T-shirts.

They are never out of fashion

and they’re always comfy. You

can even print your own design

or photo on them. Colourful or

plain, you can wear them just

about anywhere.





Teen fashion

Today’s fashion is always changing. It isn’t easy to know what’s

‘in’ and what’s ‘out’ because trends change all the time. Here’s

our guide to trendy teen fashion.

Boots and trainers are always

comfy. You can wear them

with jeans, skirts, shorts or

trousers. Some companies

even let you design your own

trainers. But be careful; always

match them with the style and

colour of your clothes.



Some / Any / No / Every

and their compounds

I’d like some cherries and something

to drink.

I haven’t got any nice belts. Is there

a shop that sells belts anywhere near


There are no museums or cinemas in

my town. It’s boring. There’s nothing

to do.

Every person in my class likes sports.

Everybody finds time for sports.



Circle the correct words.

1. A: I’ve got anything / nothing to

wear to the party. Can I

borrow one of your dresses?

B: Of course. Have a look in my

wardrobe. You’ll find

something / everything for


2. My sister goes shopping twice a

month. Anyone / No one wants

to go with her because she can

shop for hours and everything /

everywhere she buys is very


3. A: I’m looking for my chain. I’m


sure it’s anywhere /

somewhere in my room.

B: Well, good luck finding it.

Your room is so messy!

I haven’t met nobody /

anybody as untidy as you!


CLASS SURVEY: Do you wear...?

Go to Pairwork activities.


Write a paragraph about your favourite

clothes and accessories.




Getting along



Listen to the adjectives. Then, match them with

the definitions.



A. Below is a

description Paul

wrote about his

sister Kirsten.

Listen, read and

tick the topics

Paul has included.

1. The things he likes about Kirsten.

2. What he does that annoys her.

3. How old Kirsten is.

4. Kirsten’s hobbies.

5. What they do together.

1 bossy

2 calm

3 cheerful

4 stubborn

5 outgoing

6 confident

7 bad-tempered

8 active

My twin sister’s name is Kirsten. Being a twin is great

most of the time, however, it can also be a nightmare.

Kirsten is very calm and she’s a good listener. She’s

the one I turn to whenever I’ve got a problem. When

I’m feeling down, she always helps me cheer up. Apart

from being my sister, she’s also my best friend.

9 polite

10 selfish

a. lively, always busy doing things

b. not excited, nervous or upset

c. not thinking about other people’s feelings

or needs

d. being nice to other people, not rude

e. often angry

f. always telling people what to do

g. not changing your opinion easily

h. feeling sure about what you can do

i. happy and showing it

j. friendly, enjoying meeting other people

Like all best friends, we fight sometimes. Kirsten can

be really stubborn. However, the most annoying thing

about her is that she’s a bit bossy. She often treats

me like a ten-year-old! I can’t stand it.

Kirsten and I are very active. We’re both interested

in the same sports, so we spend a lot of time

together. Kirsten’s favourite pastime is clothes

shopping, but I’m not too keen on that, so we don’t

usually go together. When I need to buy something,

she helps out, of course. She’s got a great sense

of fashion.

I like Kirsten. She isn’t the easiest person to get

along with but we manage.


B. Read again and answer the


1. What does Paul do when he’s

got a problem?

2. Who is cheerful?

3. What can’t Paul stand?

4. Who is keen on sports?

5. Why doesn’t Paul go clothes

shopping with Kirsten?

6. What is Paul’s opinion of




Listen and match the people with

the personality/character which best

describes them. There is one extra

option which you do not need to use.

1. Vic

2. Shelly

3. Ken



Talk in pairs.

• is calm and confident.

• is polite and shy.

• is outgoing and


• is rude and selfish.

What’s your brother’s /

sister’s / best friend’s name?


What is he/she like?

Is he/she cheerful, shy,

bad-tempered, etc.?


What’s the most annoying

thing about him/her?


What’s his/her favourite



What do you do together?




A. Read the tip.



1. He’s friendly and outgoing.

2. I met her at the youth club.

3. I really like him.

When you’re writing a description of a person, organise

the information according to the plan below.


• Give some general information about the person (name,

relationship to you).

main part (3 paragraphs)


1 his/her good qualities. Use phrases like:

He/She is very/really/quite …

He/She is the one who …

First of all …

Also/In addition/Apart from that …

2 his/her bad qualities. Use phrases like:

He/She is very / a bit …

However …

The worst/most annoying thing about him/her is …

I can’t stand him/her …

3 his/her hobbies and what you do together. Use phrases like:

We’re both interested in …

His/Her favourite hobby/pastime is …

He/She is keen on …


• Give your general opinion of this person.

B. Read the sentences below and decide which paragraph each sentence should

be in. Write I for Introduction, M1 for Main Part: paragraph 1, M2 for Main

Part: paragraph 2, M3 for Main Part: paragraph 3 and C for Conclusion.

4. I can’t stand her because she’s so messy.

5. He lives in my street.

6. He can be very rude sometimes.

7. My brother’s keen on making model planes.

C. Write a description of your brother, sister or a friend. Follow the plan above.





A. Match.

1. computer a. driver

2. hair b. worker

3. lorry c. band

4. factory d. person

5. delivery e. skills

B. Choose the correct words.

Score 5

1. It was a really exciting hockey match / stick but

our team didn’t win in the end.

2. Julie has got a choice / degree in primary education.

3. I can’t stand my sister. She’s so bossy / selfish.

She always tells me what to do.

4. In my style / opinion that top doesn’t look good on


5. Mr Jefferson, the coach / goalkeeper, told us we

have practice on Saturday.

6. You’ve got lots of free time. Why don’t you take /

give up a hobby?

Score 7


C. Complete with the Present Simple or the Present

Progressive of the verbs in brackets.

1. I can’t hear you. Why you


2. My cousins (love) being

active. That’s why they

(organise) an adventure holiday for this summer.

3. Cathy (not get along) with

Bill. They

(argue) all the time.

4. What time the library

(close)? I

(need) a book to finish my project.

Score 7

D. Complete with the correct form of the words in brackets.

1. Luke is the (outgoing)

student in my class. We all enjoy hanging out with him.

2. Keith doesn’t wake up as

(early) as Pam but they both arrive at work at 8:00.

3. I did (bad) than John in

the test because I studied

(little) than him.

Score 4

E. Complete with the Past Simple of the verbs in brackets.

1. James (not pick) me up from the

airport last night so I

(take) a taxi.

2. A: How much you

(pay) for that ring?

B: It (not be) very expensive. Only ¬50.

F. Complete with the words in the box.

somewhere everybody anything no

Now I can...

Score 4

distinguish between permanent and temporary


refer to past habits and situations

express my opinion

make comparisons

talk about clothes and accessories

describe people’s personality

no one

1. I can’t find to wear. All my

clothes are out of fashion.

2. wears baggy jeans

nowadays. They’re in fashion.

3. Martha didn’t get the job because she had

previous experience.

4. Help me look for my ticket. I’m sure it’s around

here .

5. in my class likes football.

They’re all hockey fans.

Score 5


G. Complete with the sentences a-d.

a. They’re in fashion. b. Forget it!

c. What are you up to? d. She’s keen on jewellery.

Jane Hey, Mary. (1)

Mary I’m looking for a present for Anne. Any ideas?

Jane (2) Why don’t you get her a chain?

Mary (3) They’re too expensive.

Jane What about bracelets? (4)

Mary You’re right and they aren’t as expensive as

chains. OK, let’s go have a look.

Score 8

total Score



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